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This paper discusses the preservation and restoration challenges and treatments for the problems encountered at two wood-framed historic structures. The structural modifications to be discussed are divided into the following categories: (1) the foundation components, (2) the floor framing components, (3) the roof framing components, and (4) the wall framing components. The existing conditions of each of the structural components and the problems inherent in the existing conditions, as well as the problem solving approach and solution to those problems, is reviewed in detail. Since, in all cases, the foremost consideration was retention of the historic fabric, different problem solving approaches and treatments for both houses became necessary due to the unique character of the existing conditions and the varying presence of historic fabric in each structure. However, each house did share some common or similar solutions.
wooden structures, balloon-framing, braced-framing, load-bearing capacities
Architect, AIA, Architect-Preservationist, Dallas, TX